Identity and Difference

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Identity and Difference

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Media Studies, Multicultural Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of introductory level media and cultural studies.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    This module introduces major theories in media and cultural studies in order to explore
    the ways in which different social groups ? different ?identities?? are represented in the

    The module examines both mainstream and alternative media representations of gender
    and sexuality, ?race? and ethnicity, social class and national identity, amongst others.

    These are approached through theories that focus on the significance of ideas of
    ?identity?, ?difference?, ?culture?, and ?ideology? in these representations.

    The module also addresses the ways in which the media address different audience
    groups in terms of their gender/sexuality, class, and ?race?/ethnicity and explores the
    extent to which the media define the interests, activities, and characteristics of these

    The module is divided into three blocks. The first block provides a general introduction to
    theories of identity, representative examples of selected identity groups, and major
    methodological approaches to the analysis of identity that will be required for the
    completion of the module assessment. The other two blocks concentrate in detail on
    selected identity formations: gender/sexuality and ?race?/ethnicity.

    Summary of autumn semester content:
    ? Gender and the Media
    ? Sexuality
    ? Living online: Technology and virtual Identity
    ? Representing class, nation, and race
    ? Consumer culture: Western and non-western
    ? Music and Identity

    Summary of spring semester content:
    ? Gender and the Media
    ? Stuff for Boys ? Masculinity in the Media
    ? Race and America
    ? Music videos and gender performance
    ? Contemporary feminism and the media
    ? Living Online: Technology and virtual identity

    Teaching: Weekly one hour lectures/workshops and one hour seminars

    ? 1500 word Independent Research Exercise (40%)
    ? 2500 word Research Assignment (60%)
    STUDY OPTION 2: Research exercise

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

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